Ex-NBA player's dog barred from Australia, shipped back to US

Lamar Patterson in action. More

Lamar Patterson in action. More

Pittsburgh Panthers forward Lamar Patterson.

A French bulldog is in quarantine after an American basketballer recruited to play for the Brisbane Bullets flew into Australia with the pooch in his hand luggage.

Officials said the cabin crew on Patterson's Qantas flight from Los Angeles failed to notice that the dog was on board without an import permit.

The 27-year-old said his ticket detailed that he was travelling with an animal, but there had been a "miscommunication" between himself and the airlines.

No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe.

Patterson's Instagram account is chock full of pictures of gorgeous French bulldog Kobe.

The former University of Pittsburgh standout was fined $300 and the dog, a French Bulldog named Kobe, was sent back to the USA, according to a statement from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

"If this is big news then Australia is an awesome place to live at", Patterson told a news conference on Friday.

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"We should take some responsibility and say that's one of the things, obviously, that we need to communicate in the future", he said.

Lamar Patterson's beloved French bulldog, Kobe, will be sent back to the United States after the American player and Brisbane Bullets recruit arrived in Australia on Thursday with the dog tucked away in his bag.

"No one said anything to him, and he went through security - somehow he got it on the plane", Lemanis said.

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made headlines in 2015 when they smuggled two Yorkshire terriers into the country while filming the most recent installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

Patterson, who formerly played for the Atlanta Hawks, often features his dog on social media.

Depp's then-wife Amber Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying an immigration document to hide the dogs in a private jet.

Patterson is expected to suit up for the Bullets in Adelaide on Sunday despite his brush with Australian customs officials.

Heard escaped with a fine and a good behaviour bond, but a war of words erupted between Depp and then-Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, who threatened to have the dogs destroyed.

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